neighbortree Lets Anyone Start A Community Website For Free

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by Bryan McDonald on August 31, 2010

neighbortree is a free social network for neighborhoods.  Anyone can create a free community website for any type of neighborhood, subdivision, apartment, or condominium.

neighbortree.com provides free neighborhood social networking websites to all types of residential communities. Your neighbortree.com website is 100% FREE – created for residents and run by residents

Each community website is independent, has its own membership, and can create its own announcements, news, calendar for events, forums, and photo albums.  The content can be either public or private.

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While neighbortree is free to use, it looks like they plan on making money by placing ads on their website from local businesses.  They do plan on sharing a percentage of their ad revenue with their participating communities and even provide extra incentives when neighborhoods help recruit advertisement and sponsorship partnerships.  This might be a pretty big incentive to start a website for your local community.

neighbortree is not the only community focused social network.

Zaio is a social network that has a unique twist.  It not only helps neighbors connect but lets homeowners connect with local appraisers in their market area.

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Build community spirit by meeting your neighbors online, sharing events and reducing crime. Connect and correspond with local licensed appraisers that are researching value trends for your home. Being proactive about your property value is easy. Let the world know your community is a great place to live.

Do you want to create your own social network?

There are numerous services that let anyone easily create a online social network.  Below is a list of some of the more popular services:

1) Ning

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2) SocialGo

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3) KickApps

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4) CrowdVine

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Not only can you easily create a social network site, you can connect with local friends using with Facebook, loopt, brightkite, Yelp, Rally Up, and pretty soon GoogleMe.

Need to add a little more fun to your social networking?  There are social games you can play like foursquare, Gowalla, and MyTown where you can connect with people around you and get points and badges for playing.

All of these services help you connect with your friends and the people around you.  Will neighbortree be able to compete?

One advantage neighbortree has over other social networking sites is that it is focused on the local neighborhood.  Check out neighbortree for more information or you can sign up to start your own community website.

If you want to know more about improving your local community be sure and visit GoodneighborTV.  It offers some great conversation and resources about communities.

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GoodneighborTV is about community, conversation and improving neighborhoods. Here you’ll find tips, interviews, resources and discussion on neighborhood life and common issues we all face.

[neighbortree via TechCrunch]

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{ 5 comments }

Ryan Lundquist August 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Thanks for the list Bryan and I appreciate you mentioning http://www.goodneighborTV.com too. I’ll watch to see how NeighborTree unfolds. Is that the same “Zaio” that was attempting years ago to take photos of every house in America (in zones) and then have appraisers buy into these zones? I don’t think their plan ended up working out and I don’t recall what their end game was too (maybe something like zillow.com?).

Bryan McDonald August 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm

You are welcome Ryan. I am looking forward to the posts on goodneighbortv!

That is the same Zaio that was selling zones to appraisers. It looks like they are still in business but their social network site does not appear to have much activity.

Ryan Lundquist August 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I’ve actually been meaning to ask if you’d like to buy a zone in Sacramento. I have one on the market as a short sale. :)

Tom Horn September 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

Wow, funny to see Zaio change directions. If you ever looked into their past ventures and saw what they were charging appraisers I guess it’s easy to see why that didn’t work. Will be interesting to see how the new social network site will go. Good post Bryan.

Bryan McDonald September 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

I know, it is interesting to see Zaio with a social network. I have a feeling we haven’t see the last of Zaio and their zone system though.

No problem about the name. It must be very hard to type Bryan without a T since you son’s name is Bryant!

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